Bougainville leader wants to harness competitors' talents

4:37 pm on 8 June 2015

The president elect of Bougainville John Momis says he has made it clear he is willing to work with all factions for the benefit of the region.

Mr Momis won a resounding re-election after the end of counting in the autonomous Papua New Guinea region at the weekend.

President of the autonomous Bougainville government, John Momis.

President of the autonomous Bougainville government, John Momis. Photo: RNZI

His margin over the second placed former head of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, Ishmael Toroama, was nearly 33,000 votes.

Mr Momis says he has a long standing policy that leading Bougainville is a collaborative effort and he wants to harness the talent among the eight men who ran against him.

"I think it is only to the advantage of Bougainville if all of us can work together and in fact I am inviting to those who contested against me and lost to come to my inauguration to start talking about how work together and work for the common good of Bougainville."

The inauguration of the Bougainville president is next Monday, June 15th.

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